After a four-year hiatus, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2023 wrapped up its biggest and most impressive edition to date. This international gathering, held in Barcelona from June 4 to June 7, brought together urban mobility experts and professionals from 110 countries, featured 87 sessions led by 423 speakers. In Barcelona there were 337 exhibitors from 41 countries. They attracted 17,300 visits.

Looking ahead, the summit unveiled the host cities for the next three editions. Hamburg was announced as the host for the 2025 and 2027 summits, while Dubai will host the event in 2026. The official agreements with the respective local partners were signed, marking the return of the world’s largest urban mobility event to the United Arab Emirates.

UITP Summit 2023, new president elected Renée Amilcar

Under the theme ‘Bright Light of the City,’ the 64th edition of the UITP Global Summit provided a platform for showcasing cutting-edge innovations, the latest technologies, best practices, and forward-thinking projects in the field of public transportation.

The summit emphasized the critical role of public transport in urban life. To highlight their commitment to sustainable practices, more than 50 UITP headquarters staff members traveled by train from Brussels to Barcelona, aligning with the #StayontheGround initiative.

The opening day of the summit commenced with the General Assembly, where Renée Amilcar, the General Manager of OC TRANSPO in Ottawa, was elected as the first female President in UITP’s 138-year history. Her inauguration marked the conclusion of Khalid Alhogail’s term as the association’s President.

With the successful conclusion of the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2023, the focus now shifts to the upcoming edition in Hamburg.


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